1934 : Jackie Wilson Born, Mr. Excitement

June 9, 2024 all-day

Jack Leroy Wilson Jr. (June 9, 1934 – January 21, 1984) was an American soul singer and performer. A tenor with an incredible four-octave vocal range, Wilson was nicknamed “Mr. Excitement“, and was important in the transition of rhythm and blues into soul. Wilson was and is considered a master showman, and one of the most dynamic singers and performers in Pop, R&B, and Rock & Roll History. Gaining fame in Wilson’s early years as a member of the R&B vocal group Billy Ward and his Dominoes, Jackie Wilson went solo in 1957 and recorded over 50 chart hit singles that spanned genres of R&B, Pop, Soul, Doo-wop and Easy listening ,including 16 R&B Top 10 hits, in which six R&B of the repertoire ranked as number ones. On the Billboard Hot 100, Wilson scored 14 Top 20 Pop hits, six of which reached the Pop Top 10. Jackie Wilson was one of the most important and influential musical artists of his generation.

A two-time Grammy Hall of Fame Inductee, and winner of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation’s special Legacy Tribute Award in 2003 Jackie Wilson was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.[4] In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Jackie Wilson #69 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

Jackie Wilson wikipedia entry